NYT: “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” in Constitution

Note: Commentators John Plunket, BarrySanders20, and The Den Mother point out that the 14th Amendment gives “life, liberty, and property”. Something comical to think over: BarrySanders20 points out:

Can you imagine the mischief that could be created through judicial interpretation of a “happiness” clause in the 14th Amendment?

I shudder to think.

Note: This wasn’t just an opinion piece. It comes straight from the Editors:

It is an eminently good thing that the anti-suicide measure would require medical specialists to keep track of veterans found to be high risks for suicide. But that’s to care for them as human beings, under that other constitutional rightto life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Respect for the grave sacrifices by veterans requires the Senate to strike down the Coburn ploy and hurry this vital measure to President Bush.

Oy vey. Attention Editors: “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” is in the Declaration of Independence, among the inalienable rights of man – not the Constitution. Being a “constitutional right” would imply that it is in, you guessed it, the Constitution.

The 14th Amendment gives the right to the pursuit of happiness, and consequently to privacy. However, all three are not a constitutional right together.

Remember, though, we need to leave the real reporting up to the real media outlets, like the New York Times. We simply don’t have their fact-checking capabilities.

H/t Glenn Reynolds.

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